June 6, 2013

Maury Regional EMS honored with third Star of Life Award

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was recently honored with the 2013 Star of Life Award. This is the third time EMS has received this award in the last six years.

The award was presented by Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation during a ceremony held on May 23 in Nashville to recognize Maury Regional EMS team personnel Danny Cupples, EMT-P shift supervisor, Chris Bee, EMT-P, Jamie Jackson, EMT-P, Doug Rutherford, EMT-IV, Sean McGee, EMT-IV dispatch and George Whitwell, EMT-IV dispatch who were recognized for their efforts in the rescue and treatment efforts on September 11, 2012.

The patient was with a group of explorers approximately 1,000 feet inside a cave in the Southport area of Maury County when he began experiencing weakness and paralysis on his right side. Maury County E911 dispatched EMS, along with members of the Maury County Fire Department, who responded to the scene with a cave and high angle rescue team. Ropes were used to convey him up a steep hill to a helicopter landing zone where he was stabilized and then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. At Vanderbilt, the patient underwent emergency surgery to remove life-threatening blood clots in his carotid and middle cerebral arteries.

“Darkness, terrain, communications and time were among the challenges facing rescue and medical personnel that evening,” said EMS Director Shane Ware. “Through the combined efforts of all agencies who responded, the patient had a positive outcome.”


Maury Regional EMS was honored for the third time in recent years

with the Star of Life Award from Tennessee Emergency Medical

Services for Children Foundation.



About Maury Regional EMS:

Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has an A-rated department consisting of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are state certified to provide the highest quality emergency medical care. Maury Regional EMS in Columbia utilizes six ambulances, four that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ambulances are located at the Earl Paxton Building in Columbia and at fire stations in Mt. Pleasant, Neapolis and Culleoka. Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services has been designated as the Regional Communications Center (RCC) for medical and EMS communications in the South Central Region in Tennessee.

About Vanderbilt LifeFlight:

Vanderbilt LifeFlight is the critical care air medical transport service of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. LifeFlight utilizes three American Eurocopter ec145 helicopters, two American Eurocopter ec 135 helicopters, a King Air 200 airplane, and specialized ambulances. With bases strategically placed in Lebanon, Tullahoma, Clarksville, and Mt. Pleasant, LifeFlight is able to provide rapid access to definitive care for all of Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama. Staffed by highly trained flight nurses, flight paramedics, communicators and pilots, LifeFlight provides the highest level of care during transport.